Live: Silence over Eurovisionland

(Meeting in Baku, May 2012. From left: Robert Hårdh, Civil Rights Defenders, bla bla, bla bla, Loreen, Rasul Jafarov, Sing for Democracy, bla bla)

Civil Rights Defender’s meeting in Baku, May 2012. From left: Robert Hårdh, Civil Rights Defenders, Emin Huseinov, Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety, Shahla Isamailova, Human Rights House Foundation, Loreen, winner of Eurovision Song Contest, Rasul Jafarov, Human Rights Club, Maria Dahle, Human Rights House Foundation.


As the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 is disappearing from people’s minds, the Azeri government has put all its efforts on controlling freedom of expression, assembly and association in the country. The regime persecutes journalists and charge them in fabricated processes. Five cyber dissidents are currently in detention, or prison, and the Azeri government has passed amendments to the country’s freedom of information law, that restricts investigative journalism.
In early November Azerbaijan increased the punishment for those organising and participating in ‘unauthorised’ or ‘banned’ protests. The recent amendments to the country´s Criminal Code now provide for longer prison sentences and heftier fines: up to two years in prison for anyone involved in a ‘legally banned’ assembly (Article 169). Fines have also been increased from between 100 to 500 Azerbaijani Manats (AZN) ($127-637 USD) previously, to between 5,000 and 8,000 AZN ($6,370-10,192 USD).

Rasul Jafarov is Chairman of the Human Rights Club and Campaign Coordinator for Sing for Democracy, an advocacy campaign that was originally set up by a group of Azeri human rights organisations in the run up to the Eurovision Song Contest. Jafarov will speak about the state of freedom of expression and assembly, the situation for political prisoners, and other human rights issues concerning Azerbaijan.

Special guest: Loreen, winner of Eurovision Song Contest 2012.

The seminar will be held in English and moderated by Robert Hårdh, Executive Director at Civil Rights Defenders.

Time: Wednesday, 28 November at 9:00 to 10:00 (coffee / tea and sandwiches from 8.30)
Location: Civil Rights Defenders, Stora Nygatan 26, Stockholm

Our office is situated on the second floor and the building lacks ramps, elevators and handicap-accessible bathrooms. If you have special needs, please contact us and we will find a solution.

Sign up via anmalan@civilrightsdefenders.org, no later than 26 November.

View the seminar live or afterwards on our Bambuser channel.

Categories: Uncategorized.
Tags: Loreen and Rasul Jafarov.
Regions: Azerbaijan.